The Atlas of Red and Blues by Devi Laskar
I was not prepared for the onslaught of emotions I experienced while reading The Atlas of Red and Blues. It has been over a week since I finished it, and honestly, I am still reeling from it. Laskar's writing is stunning - consisting of short, poetic bursts that brilliantly convey the urgency, fear and frustration that is felt by the main character, Mother, throughout the entire novel. In it's brief 224 pages, Laskar addresses struggling with culture specific, unrealistic standards of beauty perpetuated by Barbie, enduring horrific stereotypes and racism, police brutality and Mother's struggle to raise her daughters to be proud of who they are when the people in their neighborhood and town bully them relentlessly. •
Inspired by true events from a police raid on the author's own home, Laskar has created a thought provoking work that forces the reader to examine how they perceive and react to the circumstances and actions of people from backgrounds that are different from their own. She expertly spotlights the sacrifices and suffering a mother will endure in silence in order to protect her children and explores, to devastating effect, what happens when that silence is finally shattered. Many thanks to Counterpoint Press for sending a complimentary copy in exchange for my review. Five Stars.
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